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North Idaho chiropractor accused of killing fellow chiropractor

Daniel Moore, 63, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Brian Drake, 45.

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho — A chiropractor in Bonners Ferry who is accused of fatally shooting another chiropractor on March 12 appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday. 

Daniel Moore, 63, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Brian Drake, 45. Moore was arrested on Aug. 28.

According to a press release from Idaho State Police, Bonners Ferry police officers and troopers from Idaho State Police responded to a "shots fired" call on March 12 in the 6800 block of Main Street, where Drake’s business is located.

When law enforcement arrived, they found Drake dead in his office from a gunshot wound, the release says. According to court documents, Drake was shot in the back through a window.

At the preliminary hearing, a judge lowered Moore's bond to $500,000. Attorneys presented evidence in the case, and spoke to an officer who interviewed him and investigated the shooting. 

In a police interview played during the hearing, Moore denies killing Drake. Police told him his vehicle was seen by Drake's office at the time of the shooting.

Drake was on the phone with his wife when he was shot, evidence presented at the hearing revealed. 

The press release from ISP says Drake leaves behind a wife and four children. His family provided the following statement in early September:

As Brian's loved ones, we were devastated to hear news of his senseless murder. As a Chiropractor, he loved his patients and he loved serving people and helping the people of Northern Idaho. He brought joy and laughter to those around him. He had a tremendous heart, and his loss has wrought a tremendous hole in our hearts. We will never understand the senselessness of the loss of Brian's life - a life that brought so much joy, meaning, companionship, and love to others.

We are grateful to the law enforcement officials - and especially the Idaho State Police and the Bonners Ferry Police - who worked tirelessly and diligently to uncover the truth. Still, those efforts cannot change the reality for Jennifer, Brian's children, or his parents and siblings. Brian's death has left a void in their lives and the community as a whole. His children will grow up without the caring father who was their rock and champion. His bride will not grow old with him, sharing the joys and burdens of raising their children together. We all remain devastated and pray for justice.

We appreciate the respect for our privacy at this time.

Moore has not entered a plea in relation to the charges.